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Published On: Wed, Sep 27th, 2023

President Barrow Says PIA Guides Participants To Become National Assets

President barrow said the president’s award scheme guides participants to become National assets that play a vital role in National development as model young citizens and exceptional leaders. He made this statement at the 10th Edition of the Gold International awards scheme ceremony yesterday 26th September 2023.

The event was held at the Arch 22 in Banjul where the President was the chief Patron who presided over the first ever president’s award scheme since he assumed Office in 2017. He handed over 1,650 awards to the outstanding participants.

President Barrow further highlighted how the program has aimed to instill sense of responsibility and patriotism in the awardees so that they can positively impact the lives of others and contribute their quarter to their nation’s development.

President Barrow stated that his government strongly believes that to guarantee a brighter future for the Gambia and Africa they must continue to support and empower the youth through programs such as the PIA Award scheme.

Bakary Badjie the Minister of Youth and Sports said the award program is a unique program conducted by young people for young people meant to give a platform for young people in a non-formal way to build skills.

He further highlighted that even though the Program is conducted through school base activities there is still a greater component that deals with community which gives young people the opportunity to serve their community by engaging in community services.

Pa Malick Ceesay the executive director of the President’s international Awards said the president’s award scheme is a satellite institution under the Ministry of Youth and Sport operating in more than 25 schools across the 6 regions in the country.

He further stated that it is also a progressive and non-formal education program that aims to empower and transform young people from the age of 14-24 through achievement base and activities under the levels of Bronze, silver and Gold.

The President’s Award Scheme which was known as the Duke of Edinburgh International Award is a youth achievement award founded by the late prince of England along with his 2 close companions in February 1956. Their motive was to give young people a new sense of direction and purpose away from their unpleasant activities and the high crime rates they were engaged in during the aftermath of the Second World War. By 1971 it was introduced in several Countries and in the Gambia by 1979 as the President’s Award Scheme. The Gambia is still among 131 Countries implementing the award scheme with one of the best participation rate.

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